CSPC: Foo Fighters Popularity Analysis

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Records & Achievements

  • The Foo Fighters recorded 23 Top 10 hits inside the US Alternative Songs chart, the second most ever tied with U2, only topped by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at 25.
  • The Pretender spent 18 weeks at #1 on the US Alternative Songs chart, the longest running #1 single ever until it was topped by Madness by Muse in 2013.
  • The first six studio albums from the band sold 1 million units or more in the US.
  • The first seven studio albums from the band sold 300,000 units or more in the UK.
  • Concrete and Gold reached #1 on every official chart from English-speaking countries (US, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New-Zealand).
  • Each of the 9 studio albums from the Foo Fighters reached the Top 10 in the UK.
  • Their last 6 studio albums reached #1 in Australia, as did Greatest Hits. No act which debuted in 1985 or later tops this achievement.
  • In Australia, Greatest Hits reached the Top 20 in six distinct calendar years (2009 #1, 2010 #6, 2011 #17, 2014 #15, 2015 #7, and 2017 #14).
  • At 220 million, Everlong is one of the 10 most played songs from the 90s on Spotify. The leader is Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit.
  • At 143 million, Best Of You is one of the 10 most played songs from 2005 on Spotify. The leader is Coldplay‘s Fix You.
  • At 159 million, The Pretender is one of the 10 most played songs from 2007 on Spotify. The leader is Kanye West‘s Stronger.

8 thoughts on “CSPC: Foo Fighters Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hey MJD,

    I am very impressed with your works after reading several analyses. Keep up the excellent work. I have several requests, which are:

    1. I think it would be better if you put an extra page about the total album (all types) sales per country. I don’t know if you have included this particular page on every artist as I’ve only seen it on Nirvana and Pink Floyd. It is fascinating to add this page since the readers can see which country generates the most sales and primary markets for the artists.

    2. I would like to see the analyses of these following artists:

    – AC/DC
    – Elton John
    – Pearl Jam
    – Queen
    – Oasis
    – Radiohead
    – Red Hot Chilli Peppers

    I know it’s a lot of work, but it will be great to find out how the published artists compete with their contemporaries. I look forward to reading the in-depth analyses of the artists mentioned above. Good luck!

    1. Hi Hagai!

      The page with totals is now a recurrent on all articles. Only the oldest ones do not have it and as they are being updated it is added!

      As for the artists you mention, two of them are among the next 7 artists planned so far but you will have to wait to know which ones 😉

  2. I would like to see the CSPC for:

    The Who
    The Doors
    The Moody Blues
    Simon & Garfunkel
    Deep Purple
    Duran Duran

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